Another example of the need to invest in public infrastructure: Crack in the Hernando de Soto Bridge shuts down I-40 over the Mississippi River
Memphis' cracked I-40 bridge creates headache for traffic, shipping," AP).
The Biden Administration has big plans for public investment in infrastructure ("Biden Details $2 Trillion Plan to Rebuild Infrastructure and Reshape the Economy," New York Times).
The Republicans aren't much interested and are criticizing Biden for having a more expansive definition of what infrastructure is.
The Republicans are definitely uninterested in raising corporate tax rates to pay for public goods ("Republicans draw 'red line' in negotiations with Joe Biden on infrastructure package," USA Today).
There are two issues with infrastructure. One is maintaining what we have. The other is investing in new infrastructure.
So much of US infrastructure was built 40-100 years ago, and is at the end of its useful life, necessitating improvements, especially in response to changes in regulatory requirements, etc.Photo by Josiah Persad.
The failure in the structural integrity of the Hernando de Soto Bridge in Memphis, which has shut down the bridge, which connects Tennessee and Arkansas via I-40, is an example of the former problem. It is expected that repair will take months.
President Biden's desire to invest in social care and child care infrastructure, an expanded rail network, etc., is about an expanded view of what infrastructure is.
Some of the earliest criticism by the Republicans in response to the proposal is that infrastructure is only for cars.